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Wing Commander Subbiah Balasundaram

Service No & Branch 8274 AE(M)
Date of Birth: 17 Sep 1941 Commissioned: 06 Jan 1964 Course: 26 DEO Course
Service End: Retired on 10 May 1986 Voluntary Retirement Died on 16 Jun 2021 (80 Years age)
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Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 May 1985
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt LtSubbiah Balasundaram8274 AE(M)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details : During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flight Lieutenant Subbiah Balasundaram flew a number of bombing missions in the Western Sector. On the 4th December, 1971, while on a low level bombing mission over Changa Manga, the last lashing of the bomb conveyers failed to open up. He opened up the jack holding the last lashing single handed and dropped the bombs on the target. On the 14th December, 1971 while on a bombing mission over Rohri Marshalling yard, at the moment of drop the release units failed to function electrically and manually. While his aircraft was being subjected to heavy ground fire, he opened up the jacks of the release mechanism and enabled the load to be dropped over the target. On the 17th December, 1971, while on a bombing mission at a higher altitude over an airfield while unlashing the bombs one of the cables malfunctioned. Though the portable oxygen bottle he carried was exhausted, he managed to unlash the bombs making use of the emergency axe.

Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Subbiah Balasundaram displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty.

Unit : 44 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 7th October 1972 - No.108 - Pres/72 dated 23rd September 1972
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